Two for Tuesday

If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen with the kids at Christmas, decorating cookies and generally making a mess, wouldn’t it be a treat to preserve the memories of those delightful times in a cute picture frame like this?  These dough frames have a home-made style that will add a splash of color and warmth to your kitchen – especially when showing off your favorite little ones.  The bows on the frames and the gingerbread people, along with the Gingerbread Girl’s pinafore, are fabric.  {hint – with that red, they’re also appropriate to display around Valentine’s Day!}

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Gingerbread Man Picture Frame

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We carry a beautiful collection of enameled metal ornaments that are intricately detailed and brilliantly colored.  Styles range from teapots, birdhouses, and pianos to bumble bees, hummingbirds, owls, and cardinals.  This brilliant, bejewled Christmas tree caught my eye.

Enameled Christmas Tree Ornament

Enameled Christmas Tree Ornament

Let me just say that the store looks rather like a wasteland right now – the designers are tearing everything apart ~ so they can put it all back, even better than before.  I can’t wait until the new merchandise starts arriving ~ I’m sure there will be plenty of glitter just for me!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Food for Friday

This one is actually food for next Friday – this is a fun treat to serve your Valentine ~ a sweet cream cheese heart for cookie dipping.  If you don’t have a heart-shaped mold, you can easily fashion a heart by hand ~ give it your own style.

Chocolate Peppermint Pecan Cream Cheese Heart (yes, you figured me out, I don’t really have a name for this one!)

"Places in the Heart," by Charming Tails

"Places in the Heart," by Charming Tails

1 C milk chocolate chips
1 C peppermint candies
1 C pecan halves or pieces

In a food processor, chop each item to small-crumb size.  Mix all three ingredients together in a sealed container.

Bring one 8 oz. block of cream cheese to room temperature.  Process til creamy in a food processor, then blend in 3/4 cup to one cup of the chocolate/peppermint/pecan mixture.  Press the mixture into a heart-shaped container lined with cling wrap or some material to help release the cheese mixture.  Chill well.  When ready to serve, turn your cream cheese heart out onto a plate, dust with powdered sugar, cocoa powder, red hots, or a mixture of your choice.   Decorate the plate with message hearts.  Serve with a selection of wafer cookies ~ chocolate, ginger, and lemon all work really well with these flavors.

Store the extra chocolate-peppermint-nuts mix in a sealed container in the fridge.  It will keep for quite a while, and you can mix up a sweet cream cheese ball or heart very quickly for your next party.

I have also added a drop or two of red food coloring to the cream cheese to give it an even more festive color.  Surprise your sweetie and your guests with this sweet cream cheese snack!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

The Christmas Nail

This year, I learned about the unique tradition of the Christmas Nail.

The Christmas Nail

The Christmas Nail

The Christmas Nail is a special ornament that is hung on the Christmas tree either by the head of the household or by the family together.  It is hung near the trunk, on a sturdy branch, and in a location that is not visible to casual guests who stop by to admire a beautiful tree.  It is hung with the thought that the Christmas tree foreshadows the Christ-tree, which only He could decorate for us, ornamented with nails like this.  It reminds us that, from birth, Christ’s mission was to die for sinners.  The nail hangs from a red ribbon, signifying His blood that flowed to save mankind.

It is a gentle reminder of the reason many of us celebrate at Christmas, and of the birth of the Savior.

Life is good!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Two for Tuesday

Do I need to mention that it is snowing again today?  Probably not!

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Holy Family Figurine

Here’s a strikingly beautiful representation of the Nativity family, a resin recreation that looks like carved and decorated wood.  The unique shape of this piece will really stand out in your Christmas decorating scheme, and it could easily be displayed year round.

 

 

 

 

 

On a shelf nearby, I found this wonderful ornament featuring the shepherds watching over their flocks, with a delicate crystal heart at the bottom.  They have a view towards Bethlehem.  The ornament is accented with gold highlights.

The Shepherd watches over his sheep in this wood-look Christmas ornament.

The Shepherd watches over his sheep in this wood-look Christmas ornament.

Have a blessed evening – life is good!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Waiting for Snow

They started it last week, issuing a winter storm warning for us for tonight and tomorrow.  That got the rampant speculation under way.  This morning, the forecasters said we’d start with rain and end with snow tonight, with no accumulation.  But reports are coming in of snowing-like-mad and an-inch-on-the-ground-and-still-coming-down.  We’re making excuses to walk by the window and peer out, looking for our share of the white stuff – at the first sign of which we will no doubt head out for supplies and the kids will anticipate a day or two out of school!

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In a Spin, 2009 Snowbabies

Didn’t you love snow days when you were a kid??  I think that no matter how much you loved school, you still loved not-school even more!

I remember sledding down the hill on a big, flat piece of cardboard with my visiting-from-Florida cousins!  Sled til you’re soaked and frozen, then come in for barely long enough to dry and warm up, and out the door again.

If you’re hoping for snow, may your dreams be coming true today – school’s out in Sevier County.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place